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From Russia with Love (1963)

Approved  |   |  Action, Adventure, Thriller  |  27 May 1964 (USA)
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James Bond willingly falls into an assassination ploy involving a naive Russian beauty in order to retrieve a Soviet encryption device that was stolen by SPECTRE.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kerim Bey (as Pedro Armendariz)
Francis De Wolff ...
Vavra (as Francis de Wolff)
George Pastell ...
Zora (as Martin Beswick in opening credits)
Vladek Sheybal ...


James Bond 007 is on the search for a Russian decoding machine, known as Lektor. Bond needs to find this machine, before the evil SPECTRE organization discovers it first. Whilst being romantically linked with Russian girl, Tatiana Romanova, Bond sneaks his way around Istanbul, whilst each SPECTRE agent tries to pick him off, including the over powering Donald 'Red' Grant and ex-KGB agent Rosa Klebb who knows all the tricks in the books and even possesses an incredible poison tipped shoe! Written by simon_hrdng

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Blast him! Seduce him! Bomb him! Strangle him! Target: The Unkillable James Bond 007. See more »


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Release Date:

27 May 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bons baisers de Russie  »

Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)


$24,800,000 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The hulking blond assassin Red Grant provided a template for a number of blond European henchmen that would proliferate the James Bond series in later movies such as Hans in You Only Live Twice (1967); Erich Kriegler in For Your Eyes Only (1981); Venz in A View to a Kill (1985); Necros in The Living Daylights (1987); Peter Franks in Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and Stamper in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997). See more »


Kerim Bey is holding the Lektor Decoding Machine as Bond, Romanova and Bey turn around from an oncoming horde of rodents under the Russian Embassy, but in the next scene it is Bond who is holding the Lektor as the three run away. See more »


[first lines]
Morzeny: [after Grant kills a look-a-like Bond] Exactly one minute, fifty-two seconds. That's excellent.
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James Bond Theme
Music by Monty Norman
Arrangement by John Barry
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The best of the James Bond series, probably the best of the spy genre as well.
13 June 2007 | by (Penang, Malaysia / Chicago, USA) – See all my reviews

Connery came, he acted, and he conquered as James Bond in this second installment of the James Bond film franchise. With some of the most realistic fight scenes for a '60s movie and terrific story by Fleming, this film has a recipe for a masterpiece.

As mentioned in my review of "Dr. No", his charm and intellectual wit is still there, and then in some scenes in a whole lot more better than before. How he tries to commence his mission, you just couldn't fall asleep. A-grade acting by Connery here.

Then-newcomer Daniela Branchi is good as Bond Girl Tatiana, who is the wrong girl at the right time. Desmond Llewelyn, in his debut as gadget man Q, shows us an impressive array of gadgets that Bond would later find quite useful. But it is Robert Shaw, who almost steals the show as the murderous, merciless, assassin Grant, who will stop at nothing to prevent Bond and Tatiana from commencing their mission.

Crew also return here. Producers Brocolli and Saltzman and director Young have returned, with double the budget and double the thrills in return. Also, the musical score by John Barry is memorable, it really sets the tone for a realistic spy adventure.

The story is not meant to be an action picture. It is more like the adventures of a spy, with the dangers of being a spy. In short, it is a complex spy thriller, made to suit the target audience which are spy fans and intelligent viewers. I do not understand how anyone could call such a film "boring." This truly is a pinnacle of the James Bond series, one which will remain for years to come.



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